The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Seminars, Symposia, and Academic Conferences

Monday, March 3 ~Friday, March 7, 2014
International Workshop “Computers and documentation: establishment and use of digital data on ethnological materials

  • Date: Monday, March 3 - Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Venue:Conference Room 4, National Museum of Ethnology
  • Inquiries: 10-1 Senri Expo Park, Suita, Osaka 565-8511, Japan
    Tel: +81-(0)6-6876-2151
    e-mail: sasaki [at]


National Museum of Ethnology (NME) has utilized computers for the registration and information record of the collected materials since its foundation in 1974. It is one of the advanced museums in the digitalization of the museum information in the world. However, while the digital technology showed great progress during the 1990s and 2000s in both hardware and software, the museum could not always catch up with the progress, because it had been difficult for the museum to give up the old-fashioned but unique technology and systems. Now it is an urgent task for the museum to overcome this problem and to consider how to transfer the contents reserved in the old systems to the new ones. In this workshop, the museum will discuss such issues with the Russian Museum of Ethnography that shared the same problems.


(Only on 4 March, with simultaneous translation) 4 March
Time Contents
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Reception
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Opening remarks
10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Purpose of the workshop (by Shiro Sasaki)
10:40 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Digitalization of the database of the ethnological materials of REM (by Khurgina, Irina)
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Digitalization of the database of the ethnological materials of NME (by Kubo, Masatoshi)
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Remarks of Director of NME (by Sudo, Ken'ichi)
1:10 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Description on the reservation and restoration in the digital database of the ethnological materials of REM (by Klimovitckaia, Anna)
1:50 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Renewal of the recording media of the audio-visual materials of NME (by a staff of the department of information system)
2:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Digital technology for the exhibition of REM: from a case of the special exhibition "Buddhism in Russia" (Romanova, Svetlana)
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Coffee break
3:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Production of the National Digital Catalogue from the REM collections (by Klimenko, Mikhail)
4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Museum and intellectual property: the control system of NME and some examples (by Nobayashi, Atsushi)
4:40 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. General discussion
5:20 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closing remarks